trip down the Middle Fork of the Salmon begins in Stanley,
Idaho. You can get to Stanley by chartered aircraft or automobile.
Majority of our guests fly to Boise, Idaho and then either
take a chartered flight, or rent a car and drive, to Stanley.
Stanley is located at the junction of Scenic Routes 21 and
75 at the base of the Sawtooth Mountains. It is approximately
60 miles north of Sun Valley and 130 miles east of Boise.
You may rent a car in Boise or Sun Valley; however understand
that there are no rental return offices in Stanley. You can
leave your vehicle in Stanley or have it shuttled while you
are on the river to North Fork Cafe, the nearest town
to our take out location.
Flying Service provides chartered flights to
and from Boise. Most guests will fly in with Sawtooth
to Stanley and at the end of the trip fly from Salmon
to their departure location. For a complete listing of services
and rates please contact Sawtooth
at 1-800-798-6105. We suggest you make reservations
well ahead of your trip date.
reservations to Boise made or drive to Idaho planned
flight or car rental reservation made for Stanley
shuttle arranged if needed
Please contact us to discuss your travel plans as needed.
We can help coordinate logistics with other guests that are
traveling to and from the river. We can be reached at 1-888-948-4337
or at email@example.com
river guests typically stay at the Mountain
Village Lodge the evening before their river trip.
We advise that you make your reservations as soon as possible
after booking your trip. Mountain
Village Lodge can be contacted at 1-800-843-5475.
When you make your reservations
Village Lodge make sure to tell them you are with
Adventure Guides as we retain a block of rooms on hold
for our guests to reserve.
Guides will meet with you and the other guests for orientation
in the conference room at the Mountain Village Lodge at 6:00pm
the evening before your trip.
During orientation we will
be providing trip information, issuing waterproof packs and
day bags, sleeping gear, arranging logistics for transportation
and luggage, answering questions and handling last minute
Vehicles and luggage can be stored in Stanley at the Mountain
Village Lodge while on the river. If you will be departing
from one of the stops along the ride back to Stanley you can
have your vehicle shuttled with your luggage to either North
Fork Cafe or the Salmon Airport depending on your
next planned destination. To make arrangements to have your
vehicle shuttled, call River
Shuttles at 1-800-831-8942.
you are traveling by air charter you may leave your luggage
with Adventure Guides. We will have it for you at our take
out location so that you will have it for your return flight.
Most of our guests depart from the Salmon airport going
back to Boise or on to Sun Valley as their return routes once
off the river. Adventure Guides provides bus transportation
to and from the river with Stanley as the starting and ending
point. We will drop you at your chosen departure location
along our return to Stanley.
Please note: As explained
on the reservation form, if we have to fly into the river
due to weather or water conditions there will be an added
flight fee assessed of approximately $80 per person. Fall
Fishing trips have a different fee structure due to size of
group and gear and are usually included in the trip price.
This flight and associated fees is usually handled during
orientation unless prior arrangements were made before the
week has its own “Best”. Best rapids, best weather, best hiking,
best wildlife viewing, best swimming, best fishing etc...However
it is our guests and crew that make the trips so enjoyable
regardless of the water level and weather conditions. There
is no predicting the water and weather conditions for any
week during any season so guests need to be prepared for all
conditions. In general, the early trips in June will have
higher and wilder water and be colder. The wild flowers bloom
profusely in June and early July. Towards the end of June
into July the water usually slows, the weather warms, and
conditions become milder. A typical afternoon in July is a
pleasant 80 degrees while the nights can be between 45-50
degrees depending on location in the Canyon. Fishing and swimming
pick up in mid-July through August as the river pools and
slows. Fall trips are chilly in the evenings and mild during
the day for great fishing. Weather and water levels are impossible
to predict and may range from snow to extremely hot...most
days will be spent in shorts or swimsuits and t-shirts...However
it is always wise to dress in layers with rain gear readily
available in case of thunder storms or cool weather. Please
see our section on what to wear and bring as you plan your